Oh–I forgot Trader Joe’s! Yes, that is a nice experience also, although the only one anywhere near me (Westfield, NJ–a drive of about 25 miles) is so small that it is not that much bigger than a large 7-11.
The product quality at TJ’s is uniformly high for the packaged goods, but I have to side with the poster who found fault with their produce. Frequently the greens are really wilted at TJ’s. And the selection on meats and cheeses is very sparse. Of course, the fact that this store is so small may have something to do with the small selection of meats and cheeses.
They must be doing something right, because the parking lot at Trader Joe’s is usually so full that people will double-park to wait for a space. I, on the other hand, park on the street and walk, rather than sit and waste gas in order to avoid walking a few hundred feet. (editorial comment–Is it any wonder why Americans tend to be so obese?)
So, once every couple of months, I will make a little "fun" excursion to TJ’s for some specialty items. My regular markets (Wegman’s and Shop-Rite), and my semi-regular market (Whole Foods) obviously supply the bulk of my purchases, due to the 50 mile round-trip drive to Trader Joe’s. But, clearly, I must like TJ’s if I am willing to drive that far even once every couple of months!